Last updated 10th December
Yes, you read that correctly! Thanks to the Comic Book Alliance, this is a fund-raising auction where the highest bidder will get to star alongside the Dark Knight in his very own comic!
Not only will the winner’s name be included, but Chris Burnham will also draw their likeness into the story as well. All written by “the man who killed Batman” no less award-winning scribe and comics legend, Grant Morrison!
Batman Incorporated is the new best-selling comic book from Grant Morrison highlighting the new status quo in the Batman series as Bruce Wayne takes the Bat-franchise global.
The winner, who will appear in will feature in Batman Inc. #4 on sale 16th February 2011.will have the choice to be brutally slain by the villain or dramatically rescued by Batman in a story that takes Batman in a desperate race across two continents and two decades in a spectacular battle to save the world from a terrifying new threat.
The auction is being run by the Comic Book Alliance, “The Voice of the British Comics Industry”, who are offering comic fans some very special Christmas treats this very first fund-raising event.
Along with an appearance in Batman Inc., Frank Quitely, winner of four 2010 Eagle Awards and one of the hottest artists in comics (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin) will draw a personalised portrait of a winning bidder.
“This is ideal,” enthuses Quitely. “Some lucky bidder gets to enjoy a cutting caricature of themselves, I get to exercise my cruel sense of humour, and the CBA gets the money it needs to help it carry on its vital work — everyone’s a winner!”
Plus, there are dozens of signed books, comics and graphic novels from high profile creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen), Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Charles Vess (Stardust), and John Wagner (Judge Dredd).
And there’s original comic art and signed limited prints by the cream of British artists including zombie art work by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Sean Phillips (Criminal), John McCrea (Hitman), David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Garen Ewing (Rainbow Orchid).
The CBA supports and promotes comic creators, publishers, retailers and distributors, both in the UK and abroad. At the heart of the Alliance, founders Tim Pilcher, Shane Chebsey and GM Jordan have assembled an Advisory Board made up of leading academics and professionals from a wide spectrum including chat show host, turned comic book writer, Jonathan Ross and V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd.
In the last year the CBA has helped organise and promote major exhibitions and sent thousands of free comic books to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The CBA also runs a website that helps the general public find their local comic book retailer (www.comicshops.co.uk) and with over 1.5m visitors.
“The UK has one of the most creative and extensive comic publishing industries in the world,” feels CBA Chair Tim Pilcher, “a legacy that has produced some of the best artists and writers currently working in the medium. It’s been wonderfully overwhelming to see so many of them generously donating their time and items to this very worthy British cause and coming together to support the medium they love.”
There are no reserves, and all bids start at just 99p, so there’s the chance to pick up some real Christmas bargains for the comic fan in your life!
Complete List of items in the Inaugural CBA Auction
• An appearance in Batman Inc. written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Chris Burnham. Courtesy of DC Comics
• Personalised caricature by Batman & Robin artist Frank Quitely
• Two pages of Fables original artwork by Mark Buckingham
• Spider-Man original artwork by Andie Tong
• The Walking Dead artwork by Charlie Adlard
• Daredevil limited edition print by Adi Granov
• Criminal original artwork by Sean Philips
• Tank Girl original artwork by Rufus Dayglo
• Peter Pan signed limited edition book, pus original artwork by Charles Vess
• Original Letraset Manga Artwork by Nana Li
• Inspector Gadget original artwork by Dave Windett
• Whiteout signed print by Steve Lieber
• Yesterday’s Tomorrow’s hardcover signed by Rian Hughes
• Luther Arkwright signed limited edition print by Bryan Talbot
• Punisher original artwork by Laurence Campbell
• Warhammer 40K original artwork by Kev Hopgood
• War Machine original artwork by Kev Hopgood
• Marvel Heroes original artwork by Kev Hopgood
• G.I. Joe original artwork by Kev Hopgood
• Button Man 3: Killer Killer graphic novel and Strontium Dog script signed by John Wagner
• Wasteland hardcover graphic novel signed by Antony Johnston
• Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman signed by Alan Moore
• Rime of the Ancient Mariner graphic novel signed by Hunt Emerson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
• Smuggling Vacation and Day of the Deal graphic novels signed by Jason Wilson
• Day of the Deal exclusive “prison edition” graphic novel signed by Jason Wilson
• The Erotic Adventures of Space Babe 113, Complete set signed by John Maybury
• Iron Man & Black Widow limited edition print signed by Khoi
• Wormwood: The Last Enemy signed by Garth Ennis
• Wormwood: The Last Battle #1-3 signed by Garth Ennis
• The Boys Limited Anniversary Edition hardcover graphic novel set (1-5) signed by Garth Ennis
• The Boys #39 Signed by Garth Ennis
• The Boys #40 Signed by Garth Ennis
• Preacher: Dixie Fried graphic novel Signed by Garth Ennis
• JLA/Hitman Issues 1 & 2 (complete) signed by Garth Ennis
• Hitman: Ten Thousand Bullets graphic novel signed by Garth Ennis
• Hitman: A Rage in Arkham graphic novel signed by Garth Ennis
• Crossed graphic novel signed by Garth Ennis
• Battlefields: Happy Valley and Tankies signed books and script by Garth Ennis
• Territory original artwork by David Lloyd
• Abe, Temptation, Candleman signed books and original art by Glenn DakinHorse print signed by Emily Hare
• Strange Embrace hardcover graphic novel signed by David Hine
• Daredevil European Tour limited edition print signed by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
• Signed print by Hermann
• Hermann exhibition poster signed by the artist
• The Rainbow Orchid original art by Garen Ewing
• The Rainbow Orchid Book 1 & poster both signed by Garen Ewing
• The Rainbow Orchid Book 2 & poster both signed by Garen Ewing
• Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #9 signed by Gary Spencer Millidge
• Strangehaven graphic novel (Book 1), print and postcard pack signed by Gary Spencer Millidge
• Strangehaven graphic novel (Book 2) and print pack signed by Gary Spencer Millidge
• Hitman original art by John McCrea
• The Authority original artwork and signed graphic novel by Simon Cobley
• Low Life: The Red Seas graphic novel signed by the artist, Steve Yeowell
• Burke & Hare graphic novel signed by Martin Conaghan & Will Pickering
• Tours de Bois-Maury signed print by Hermann
• Merry Christmas Mr Zombo (from 2000 AD) Script signed and illustrated by Al Ewing
• Blake’s 7 replica badge by Termight Replicas
• The auction runs until at 7.00pm GMT on Sunday 12 December at 19:00 (GMT) later than previously advertised – see news story – on www.eBay.co.uk: search for the seller, comic_book_alliance or further details can be found at www.comicbookalliance.co.uk. (Frank Quitely’s auction will end slightly earlier on Saturday 11 December at16:30 (GMT)